YVR’s Hamper Drive gives back for the holidays

Vancouver Airport Authority's annual Christmas Food Hamper Drive on December 5 to support Quest Food Exchange.

Vancouver Airport Authority’s annual Christmas Food Hamper Drive on December 5 to support Quest Food Exchange.

Ready to muster up some holiday spirit? Vancouver Airport Authority is calling on the YVR community to do just that this month, when it kicks off its annual Christmas Food Hamper Drive in support of Quest Food Exchange.

The Christmas Food Hamper Drive asks YVR businesses, aviation partners, employees and volunteers to donate holiday spirit in the form of a turkey dinner to those who would otherwise miss out.

This year’s goal is to fill 400 YVR hamper bags with turkey stuffing, canned veggies, soup, crackers, instant mashed potatoes, gravy, cookies, and cranberry sauce.

The Airport Authority will donate a turkey for every hamper donated.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate in the hamper drive and challenge their colleagues and business partners to do the same.

In past years, YVR businesses have risen to the challenge to see who can donate the most hampers, and competition has been fierce amongst Airport Authority employees to complete the hamper shopping list – for the lowest price.

Starting November 25, register your participation to receive the itemized shopping list, reusable YVR bags, and prize draw entry.

Bring your completed hampers and prize draw entry to the holiday-themed event at the Spirit of Haida Gwaii, the Jade Canoe (International Departures, Level 3) on December 5 between 11am and 2pm. With entertainment, treats and great prizes, you’ll want to mark this date in your calendar.

Throughout the year, Quest Food Exchange collects and distributes overstocked, mislabelled or near-expiry products that would otherwise go to waste and diverts that food to people who need it. Operating three low-cost grocery stores in the Lower Mainland, Quest offers food to 400 social service agencies and their clients for a fraction of the retail cost. The goal? To reduce hunger with dignity, build community and foster sustainability.

Since 2011, more than $250,000 in cash and food have been donated to Quest by the Airport Authority and YVR businesses, such as HMS Host, Hudson Group and the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, including $150,000 donated by the Airport Authority to purchase two new refrigerated trucks to facilitate thousands of food pick-ups and drop-offs.

To register your participation in the Quest Christmas Hamper Drive and receive further information, email shari_sinclair@yvr.ca.